Cultural and Political Ponderings for the Information Age.
I think a total boycott a la the 1980 Moscow Olympics is patently unfair to the athletes who have focused four years (or more) of their lives to compete in a narrow window of their lives. The atheletes usually have little to no political agenda, and it is manifestly unjust to make them suffer in the name of protestations of civil rights abuses or to force countries to alter their economic co-dependence. Perhaps a viable solution would be a boycott of the events and merchandise. Let the athletes compete, follow the compelling stories over the various media outlets, and allow them to bask in the glory of their accomplishments. But by failing to attend events, you punish the host vis-a-vis ticket and merchandising revenues, hotel fees, hospitality revenues, etc. This seems like a fair deal to me.
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